I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I actually like Easter better than Christmas. Don’t get me wrong — I like Christmas a lot — I love the colors, the decorations, the food, the cookies, the music – and of course, the presents. There are also things about Christmas I don’t like – the hype, the stress, too much shopping, too many bills afterwards – and that Christmas seems to start in October and last until December 25th!
Easter is a quieter and gentler holiday. Although preparation for Easter starts 40 days prior (which isn’t the same as 3 months), it is on a more personal basis. There aren’t commercials hyping the latest caramel egg or chocolate Easter bunny. Decorations for the day are simpler and usually supplied by Mother Nature — pastel colors of tulips and daffodils blooming, the trees and grass turning green and the white of an Easter Lily.
Easter sneaks up on you, just like a beautiful spring day. All of the sudden you realize that it is almost here and you ask yourself, did I do everything I could to prepare for the day. It isn’t the same type of preparation for Christmas where you are stressed-out wondering if you have baked all the right cookies, bought all the right presents and cooked all the right foods for the main meal. No – Easter is about wondering if you have prepared yourself for the big day by remembering what is important in your life through a personal challenge to make yourself a better person.
Easter morning always brings with it a promise, just like the beginning of spring. It is a promise of a better life, a promise of beauty, a promise of love and most of all – a promise that all of us are capable of great and wonderful things in our lives.